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Thailand's plastic ban prompts producers to be eco-friendly

PTT Group ramps up bioplastic production as retailers cut single-use bags

A Thai activist demonstrates in a call for a ban on the use of plastic bags. Anti-plastic sentiment is on the rise in Thailand since it was named as the world's fifth-biggest source of marine plastic waste.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- As a ban on single-use plastic bags kicks in in Thailand, where plastic waste is becoming an increasingly serious social problem, producers including state-owned petrochemical giant PTT Group are rushing to shift to eco-friendly materials and cut production of potentially polluting goods.

As many as 25,000 retail outlets across the Southeast Asian country will stop providing single-use plastic bags from Jan. 1 under the industry's "Everyday Say No to Plastic Bags" campaign. Major retailers such as Central Group, The Mall Group and 7-Eleven convenience stores under Charoen Pokphand Group will participate in the movement.

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